- What is the Teacher Recruitment Fair?
- What if I miss the pre-registration deadline?
- School districts in Santa Clara County
- Who should attend?
- Bring with you...
- Teacher Recruitment Fair features...
- What if I don't have a teaching credential?
- Tips for success
- Why teach in Santa Clara County?
- Santa Clara County is a great place to live and teach
- Career Opportunities with Santa Clara County Office of Education
What is the Teacher Recruitment Fair?
It is an opportunity for those seeking teaching positions to meet with those who hire teachers and other certificated candidates, including psychologists, counselors, school nurses, speech language pathologists, and audiologists. Representatives from school districts come to this central location for a day of focused interaction with candidates.
What if I miss the pre-registration deadline?
We are sorry you have missed the pre-registration deadline for this Saturday's (March 24th) Santa Clara County Teacher Recruitment Fair, however, you still may have an opportunity to attend.
Since all pre-registration steps were not completed by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20th, you will NOT be admitted into the fair at 9:00 a.m., however, you will be able to attend the fair after 11:00 a.m. provided you qualify and verify you are appropriately credentialed. You will also be asked to provide a copy of your resume with our registration staff.
This registration process tends to take some time because of paperwork and the large crowd, therefore, it is recommended that you come early (around 9:00 a.m.) to register.
This recruitment fair is designated for credentialed candidates, including those with a California preliminary, clear, or professional clear teaching credential; candidates with at least one year experience in a teaching intern program; those who will have a credential by fall 2012; and candidates who have a credential from outside of California. You will need to have your credentials, internship status, or university program completion date confirmed. You may do so through one of the following:
- Teacher candidates with a California preliminary, clear or
professional clear teaching credential will need to forward a copy of
- Teacher candidates from outside the State of California will need to
forward a copy of your out-of-state or out-of-country credentials along with
PHOTOCOPIES of your transcripts evaluated
transcripts if educated outside of the USA).
- Teacher candidates with at least one year experience in a teaching intern
program will need to forward a copy of internship credential.
- Teacher candidates who are not yet credentialed, but anticipate completion of a university program and recommendation for a teaching credential prior to fall 2012 will need to forward an appeasement letter from the university. Be sure this letter is on university letterhead and includes your full name, expected credential level, type and authorization, in addition to the anticipated completion date.
School districts in Santa Clara CountyWho should attend?
- Teacher candidates who have a California preliminary, clear, or professional clear teaching credential or
- will have a credential by fall 2012 or
- have a credential from outside California or
- have at least one year of experience in a teaching intern program
Multiple application packets: including your application, letter of introduction, resume, letters of recommendation and copies of credentials. Most Districts interview candidates on-site the day of the fair.
Teacher Recruitment Fair features:
- Recruiters to answer your questions about their district's programs and projected position openings
- Credential specialists to answer questions
- Resource book on Santa Clara County school districts
- On-site interviews may be offered
What if I don't have a teaching credential?
This fair is designed for fully credentialed candidates. School districts first consider fully credentialed candidates for their anticipated staffing needs for the next school year. However, once fully credentialed candidates are considered, many districts may consider candidates who are working toward their credential and therefore, you may want to contact those school districts you are interested in directly and find out information about their application process. Please visit the following link for a complete listing of local school districts in Santa Clara County and their web-site links.
If you are not a credentialed candidate and need further guidance on how to become a teacher, please click here for a link of valuable information and resources.
Tips for success
- Conduct yourself professionally at all times. Remember that you are on stage even as you stand in line or move about the interview area.
- Come prepared. Bring multiple copies of your Ed-Join print-out application, letter of introduction, resume, letters of recommendation and credentials as recruiters will not have access during the fair to any online materials you have previously submitted through the website.
- Develop a plan of action which gives you confidence and sets you apart from the crowd.
- Keep yourself and your materials neat and streamlined; don't carry too much.
- If the interview line seems long, move along to another school district. You can always come back later.
- Respect other people's privacy as you approach the interview table, allowing them to complete their discussion.
- Establish eye contact, present a firm handshake, introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in speaking with a recruiter.
- Be confident. Take an active part in your interview.
Why teach in Santa Clara County?
- Competitive salaries and benefits
- High quality support for induction
- Mentor teacher programs
- COE initiatives for beginning teacher support
- Strong curriculum
- Career-long professional development
Santa Clara County is a great place to live and teach
- Innovation – leading edge computer industries, biotechnology and space exploration
- Educational opportunities – world class colleges and universities
- Natural beauty – the incomparable Pacific coastline, redwood forests and nearby mountain peaks
- Culture – theatre, art, music, dance – you name it and you'll find it – everything from Broadway musicals to reggae concerts, Egyptian mummies to laser light shows, colorful Tet Festivals and lively Mariachi music
Career Opportunities with Santa Clara County Office of Education
The SCCOE is a champion of public education, serving as an exemplary regional resource to students, parents, school districts, community agencies and businesses.
A regional resource center, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) provides instructional, administrative, human resources, business and technical support services to the 37 public school and community college districts. By centralizing services such as payroll, employee fingerprinting and Internet connections, the SCCOE helps districts to achieve greater efficiency and cost-savings.
SCCOE programs that provide direct instruction include Special Education, Head Start, Environmental Education, Regional Occupational Programs and Alternative Education. An additional program, Migrant Education, supports the special needs of migratory children.
SCCOE recruits teachers for the following programs:
- Special Education – The Special Education Department provides a variety
of instructional programs and services for infants, children, and youth with
severe and low incidence disabilities from birth through 22 years of age.
These students live at home, in licensed children's institutions or at the
local state hospital, and are served more effectively by the comprehensive
programs offered by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
- Alternative Education Department – The Alternative Education Department provides
educational programs for students who are under court supervision, or who are
not attending regular school for a variety of reasons. School sites include
Juvenile Hall, three ranch programs, and the Santa Clara County Children's
Shelter, as well as independent study and numerous community schools throughout
the county. Our educational program at all sites emphasizes academic
competencies, as well as behavior and attitude change.
- Early Learning Services – The Early Learning Services Department provides a variety of services for
early childhood education for the families and community stake holders within Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and
San Benito Counties. The department coordinates government-funded programs, infants, toddlers, preschool children and
other early educational services. The department also provides professional development services for preschool teachers
and administrators. These programs include: Head Start, Early Head Start, State Preschool and Toddler Programs, Parkway
Child Development Center, the Inclusion Collaborative (children with disabilities in early care and education), Local
Early Education Planning Council (LPC), and California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN).
- Regional Occupational Programs (ROP). ROP provides quality career preparation and skill training for adults, out-of-school youth and high school students who are 16 years of age or older. ROP courses provide students with the skills they need to compete in today's technical job market. Those skills enable students to attain jobs, upgrade their skills and/or pursue post secondary education in their chosen occupation.
Program Highlights and Current Vacancies
For a listing of certificated and classified vacancies available at SCCOE, please visit our job opportunities section.
Date last updated: January 19, 2012